Proteas captain Faf du Plessis have to thanks the Bangladeshi skipper Mushfiqur Rahim for arranging a red carpet to make it all too easy to dominate them. The captain of Bangladesh made a blunder at the toss as he elected to bowl first in a flat track which turned out to be the biggest mistake in the end to punish themselves.
South Africa took the advantage quite well and it looked like they can bat forever without getting all out. After the blunder at the toss, Bangladesh missed another trick.
When South Africa’s left arm spinner Keshav Maharaj was creating problems after problems for Bangladesh batsmen, the tigers dropped Taijul Islam. The pitch had something for the left arm spinners while for the right arm spinners, it was the opposite. Mehidy Hasan’s horrific stats of 178-0 & 68-0 says it all.
Although the pitch was a flat track, South African pacers troubled the batsmen with pitched up deliveries outside the off stump. But when the Bangladeshi bowlers tried to pitch it up, all they were able to do is bowl a half volley.
Rubel Hossain is the only Bangladeshi bowler who has the ability to bowl such deliveries with pace and he was not picked up.
In Shakib Al Hasan’s absence, the attitude of Bangladesh looked like they already lost the match before they started playing. The attitude of taking on big teams, the leadership, the confidence to counter attack is what Bangladesh lacked and to comeback strongly in the 2nd test, they need to restore these qualities, let it be without the number one all-rounder. 1 of 1